Mercedes Benz E55 AMG Headlights: Diagnosing Trouble and Quick-Fix Solutions
Headlights are a quintessential feature of the automobile. Since they first hit the road, headlights have been ubiquitous in one form or another on every ride. Even your Mercedes Benz E55 AMG depends much on its headlights to illuminate the dark and stormy roads ahead. As with all manmade things, the headlights will eventually wear out over time. The key to keeping it in the best condition is to deal with problems well before they get really bad. The following are the most common problems you'll encounter as well as the best ways to deal with them:
Faded or weak lights
Normally, the first sign of trouble isn't an immediate, complete shutdown. It usually starts with a bit of fading or weakening of the lights. Before you delve into the electrical behind the lights, it's usually smarter to check the lens first. Sometimes, all you have to do to revitalize the power of your lights is to clean and polish the lens so the light beam is uninterrupted. A simple fix is to use a mix of toothpaste and baking soda. These simple household items bring back the shine of your lens rather easily.
Failing that, you really have to look at the electrical components of the headlights. Often, the fading of lights is due to faults with the wiring. Exposed, worn wires can lead to shorts. Loose wiring can lead to a loss of function. Replace what needs replacing. If you can't replace the wires just yet, electrical tape does wonders as a quick fix until you can get the wires replaced.
The worst case scenario when it comes to headlights is a complete loss of functionality. At this point, the lens is probably a-okay and it's the electrical components that need checking. The first thing to look at is the bulb and its holder. If your replace the bulb and tighten the holder with a gentle squeeze of any pliers and there is still no light, then move on to the wires. Any exposed wiring can be covered up with electrical tape temporarily. If nothing seems amiss but you're still getting not light out of the headlights, it's a safe bet that it's time to have it professionally checked.